(In)visible Cities is a joint project of the Boekman Foundation, European Cultural Foundation, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the context of the Matra programme, Anadolu Kültür and Istanbul Bilgi University.
- Foster new professional knowledge capacities for developing (local) cultural policy & -management in Turkey by twinning NL-based expertise in the field and a new practice-focused resource-, training- & documentation centre in Turkey.
- Develop support tools to facilitate adoption of new approaches to local cultural policy-making (based on NL experience), disseminate cutting-edge analysis on cultural policy & -management in Turkey (+ Europe) and cultivate Turkey's first body of best practices in the field.
- Raise local decision-makers' awareness of the role up-to-date cultural policy frameworks play for overall socio-economic transformation and development by introducing innovative cultural policy-making concepts to the professional discourse in Turkey and promoting ongoing debate and reflection in the field (Advocacy).
- Build-up cultural management and local policymaking capacities of 3 civil society based platforms of key actors with the potential to influence local cultural transformation and development in Kars, Canakkale and Antakya feeding back into overall cultural policy discourses in Turkey (and other cities).
- Set first concrete steps towards participatory development of new cultural policy agreements in Kars, Canakkale and Antakya initiating sustainable transformation based on local cultural assets and innovative ideas/interests of all local stakeholders (civic, public private) concerned.
- Since (In)visible Cities The Boekmanfoundation and Bilgi University library maintain a permanent exchange of literature about the arts and culture in both policy and practice.
The KPY Yearbook is planned to be published both in English and Turkish, and will be distributed with the contribution of Boekmanstichting throughout Europe. The Yearbook issues an Open Call for Papers and aims to produce one issue per annum. The next yearbook is due in September 2010.